Sunday July 22, 2018

Quick hits 003

GHOST in the Shell is about to be released in cinemas. Lately though, I've been reading a lot of bad reviews of the movie saying that it's not faithful to the original anime. But I'm not writing a movie review. This month's quick hits edition is all about robotics.

Hit 001: Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics needs an update

If you watched Bicentennial Man or I Robot, you've probably heard about this. It's basically a set of laws that will prevent robots (or androids) from harming humans. But as robotics become more developed in our current time, there seems to be a bigger need to update Asimov's laws. To begin with, it doesn't define what a robot is. Real Clear Science has a more in-depth article about it.

Hit 002: Robots in warfare

Technically speaking, robots are already used in warfare in modern times. The US military employs drones to conduct espionage, surveillance and, if need be, to deliver ordnance to eliminate a target. But my question is whether there will come a time that people will be piloting mechas to engage in warfare. Think Robotech and Gundam. Futurism tackles that in their article.

That'll do for this week.

But I leave you with this question: Would you welcome the rise of androids in society or not?